• the turnaway girls by hayley chewins



    RDOAs far back as anyone can remember, the women of the Strand family have been magical.


    Their gifts manifest when they each turn fifteen, always in different ways. But Nell Strand knows that her family’s magic is a curse. Her mother’s age changes every day; she’s often too young to be the mother Nell needs. Her older sister bleeds music and will do anything to release the songs inside her. Nell sees the way magic rips her family apart again and again.


    When Nell’s own magic arrives in the form of ladybugs alighting on the keys of her beloved piano, the first thing she feels is joy. The ladybugs are a piece of her, a harmless and delicate manifestation of her creativity. But soon enough, the rest come. Thick-shelled glossy beetles that creep along her collarbone when her piano teacher stares at her. Soft gray moths that appear and die alongside a rush of disappointment. Worst of all are the wasps. It doesn’t matter how deep she buries her rage, the wasps always come. Nell will have to decide just how much of herself she’s willing to lock away to stop them—or if she can find the strength to feel, no matter the consequences.


    An intense, emotional read simmering with rage and magic, I Am the Swarm is a captivating YA novel in verse that beautifully speaks to the complicated nature of growing up as a girl.



    the turnaway girls by hayley chewins


    (MARVEL PRESS, 2023)

    Translated into French and Brazilian Portuguese

    English version available in Australia & New Zealand 


    Loki has always been burdened by the glorious purpose of subduing those around him. So when he finds the chance to regain the Tesseract after being captured by the Avengers, Loki uses its power to teleport to a safe location...only to be captured by the mysterious Time Variance Authority. Now Loki has to fight alongside the TVA to take down variant versions of himself in the multiverse! Will Loki take down the variants or will his mischievous side compel him to join them?


    Relive the multiverse adventure in the first season of Loki in this exciting retelling.


    the sisters of straygarden place by hayley chewins



    Starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly

    An Amazon Best Book of the Month

    Winner of the 2020 Foreword Indies Prize for Juvenile Fiction


    “This is a magnificent tale of love, forgiveness, hope, the costs of magic and the complexities of family, all told with such poetry, such strange and subtle horrors, and set in a world so finely etched in bizarre and beautiful detail, I haven't stopped thinking about it for days.” -- Kate Milford, NYT bestselling author of Greenglass House


    Seven years ago, the Ballastian sisters' parents left them in the magical Straygarden Place, a house surrounded by tall silver grass and floating trees. They left behind a warning saying never to leave the house or go into the grass. "Wait for us," the note read. "Sleep darkly." Ever since then, the house itself has taken care of Winnow, Mayhap, and Pavonine -- feeding them, clothing them, even keeping them company -- while the girls have waited and grown up and played a guessing game: Think of an animal, think of a place. Think of a person, think of a face. Until one day, when the eldest, fourteen-year-old Winnow, does the unthinkable and goes outside into the grass, and everything twelve-year-old Mayhap thought she knew about her home, her family, and even herself starts to unravel.


    the turnaway girls by hayley chewins



    Starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly

    A Kirkus Best Book of 2018

    A 2019 Amelia Bloomer List pick

    Translated into Polish, Hungarian, and Russian


    "A startlingly ambitious and lyrical debut... Fiercely imaginative and beautifully wrought." -- Kiran Millwood Hargrave, internationally bestselling author of The Girl of Ink and Stars


    On the strange, stormy island of Blightsend, twelve-year-old Delphernia Undersea has spent her whole life in the cloister of turnaway girls, hidden from sea and sky by a dome of stone and the laws of the island. Outside, the Masters play their music. Inside, the turnaway girls silently make that music into gold. Making shimmer, Mother Nine calls it. But Delphernia can’t make shimmer. She would rather sing than stay silent. When a Master who doesn’t act like a Master comes to the skydoor, it’s a chance for Delphernia to leave the cloister. Outside the stone dome, the sea breathes like a wild beast, the sky watches with stars like eyes, and even the gardens have claws. Outside, secrets fall silent in halls without sound. And outside, Delphernia is caught -- between the island’s sinister Custodian and its mysterious Childer-Queen. Between a poem-speaking prince and a girl who feels like freedom. And in a debut that glimmers with hope and beauty, freedom -- to sing, to change, to live -- is precisely what’s at stake.